Assiniboine Park & Zoo Programs
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  • Open Daily9:00 am
  • Gates Close4:30 pm
  • Zoo Cleared5:00 pm
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  • MembersFREE
  • Adults$18.50
  • Senior (60 years +)$14.81
  • Youth (13-17 years)$14.81
  • Children (3-12 years)$10.00
  • Under 3 yearsFREE
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School & Group Programs

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The vision of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy’s Programming Department is to connect people with nature and to inspire them to take positive actions to protect wildlife and wild places.

MISSION

Our mission is to:
1) Provide positive recreational and educational guest experiences by delivering memorable programming throughout the Park and Zoo.
2) Contribute to environmental education and promotion of global conservation of animals and their habitats.
3) Motivate others to foster healthy relationships with the environment, building empathy with nature through direct, indirect and hands-on exploration and discovery.

It is our aim to encourage participant’s natural environmental curiosity, while imparting a lifelong sense of wonder of everything above and below ground. With older participants, we want them to feel empowered as they develop a love for exploring nature and consider possible social actions that support their environmental passion. Our programs are all cross-curricular; incorporating science, social studies, language arts, art, and drama, and directly relate to Manitoba Curriculum learning outcomes.

All of our programs incorporate learning objectives in science with connections to language, arts, culture, social studies, and more. Many of our programs include hands-on activities such as potting plants, investigating nature, and art projects using natural materials. Many styles of learning are encouraged through story, music, verbal presentations and team work. Programs are available year-round and run rain, shine or snow!

Notice: Our schedule for May and June is filling up quickly.

We have spaces for Conservatory and Park programs but are now booked for zoo programs. Guided zoo tours are still available.

Please review the following sections for more helpful information or browse our Program Guide below and start planning your next educational adventure at Assiniboine Park and Zoo!

We offer on-site school programs at the Conservatory, Pavilion, Zoo and Qualico Family Centre.

  • Acorn Activity Room: Please meet your instructor in the lobby of the Qualico Family Centre next to the Duck Pond in the heart of the Park and we will direct you to the awesome Acorn Activity Room.
  • Zoo Programs: All activities will start and end (unless otherwise arranged) at the Main Entrance located at 2595 Roblin Boulevard. A staff person will meet your group at the gate.
  • Conservatory Programs: Please meet your instructor in the main foyer of the Assiniboine Park Conservatory, located at 15 Conservatory Drive.
  • Garden Tours: Please review your confirmation form or call (204) 927-6070.

The Pavilion Gallery Museum, Zoo and Conservatory do not allow you to bring the following items into the buildings: bikes, skateboards, rollerblades and scooters, flying discs, balls, balloons or pets. Please leave these items at home or enjoy them elsewhere in the Park.

Join us for interactive programs and work toward achieving your awards badges at Assiniboine Park and Zoo. Our programs can be tailored for Scouts and Guides at all levels. Download the appropriate PDF file below to find out which programs work best for you, then contact us to get started.

Thanks to the generous support of our funders including the Winnipeg Goldeyes Field of Dreams, Winnipeg Foundation, Pro Auto, Winpark Dorchester, Murray Paley and Ivy Kopstein, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy is able to offer a limited number of deserving schools with guided field trips for their students at no cost. Plus, we are able to assist with field trip transportation costs. Download the PDF below for more information on criteria and the application process.

Update - We are not accepting new applications at this time, but please check back in September

If you are interested in exploring globalization, international trade regulations, working conditions, and solutions to these challenges, check out the following programs.

Biofuels: Critical Thinking in Environmental Issues

With the global energy crisis mounting and crippling food shortages, alternative energy sources such as biofuels are big business. We will help students become informed citizens with the ability to critically examine this issue from multiple perspectives. Your class will explore, discuss, and develop a presentation on new fuel types.

Please browse our selection of School and Group Programs by age group.


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The ABC's of Zoos

Nursery and Kindergarten | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Discover the animals of the Assiniboine Park Zoo by working your way through the alphabet in this fun, interactive program and tour.

Learning from Leaves

Kindergarten to Grade 3 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Living plants engage all the senses. This is interactive, fun and fast-paced program that includes hands-on activities, crafts, and an exploratory tour of the palm house. Students will compare the effects that extreme climates have on plant growth, appearance and leaf form.

The ABC's of Conservatories

Nursery and Kindergarten | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Discover the plants of the Conservatory's palm house and gardens by working your way through the alphabet in this fun, interactive program and tour.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to find out how.


Animal Life Cycles

Grade 2 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Learn about the life cycles of insects, birds, amphibians, spiders, fish, reptiles, and mammals. From marsupials to monotremes - it’s egg-citing science!

Awesome Adaptations

Grades 1 to 8 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Learn about the amazing adaptations of animals at the Zoo that enable their wild counterparts to survive in their native habitats and the natural selection processes that encourage change. Choose from Basic Animal Adaptations (Grades 1 - 4) or Advanced Animal Adaptations (Grades 5 - 8).

Awesome Plant Adaptations

Grades 3 to 7 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Plants express some amazing adaptations to allow them to survive in diverse habitats. Learn how plants cope with drought, freezing, fire, floods, animals, and more. Choose from Basic Plant Adaptations (Grades 3 & 4) or Advanced Plant Adaptations (Grades 5 - 7).

Bats

Grades 2 to 4 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Bats all over North America are struggling to survive habitat loss and a devastating fungus called White-nosed Syndrome. Even Manitoba’s bats are in danger of extinction. Learn all about these fascinating and misunderstood creatures of the night.

Bears: Polar Opposites

Grades 2 to 6 | 90 minutes | International Polar Bear Conservation Centre

Learn the bare necessities about Manitoba’s three bears, with a special focus on Manitoba's polar bear capital.

Chocolate's Sweet History

Grades 3 to 5 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

In this engaging program, students dip into a mixture of stories, activities, history, trade and culture, centred on the wonderful Mayan discovery - chocolate!

Allery alert.

Creature Classification

Grade 1 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Some animals have gills and fins while others have limbs and lungs. Discover the differences and similarities amongst vertebrates and invertebrates in this popular program.

Dirt, Dirtier, Dirtiest

Grade 3 to 4 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Did you know a single teaspoon of dirt contains more than a billion micro-organisms, that help sustain plant and animal life? This program delves into the nitty-gritty of dirt, its environmental significance, and the conservation and preservation of one of the earth’s most precious resources - our soil.

I Spy a Butterfly

Grades 2 to 7 | 90 minutes | Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden

In this seasonal sumer program students will learn about the fascinating world of the butterfly. Younger groups will learn to identify butterflies, delve into their lifecycle and habitat and find out how to help conserve them in your own backyard. Older grades will learn about the multitude of local and tropical butterflies, will learn about international conservation efforts while being introduced to butterfly myths, folklore and culture.

Learning from Leaves

Kindergarten to Grade 3 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Living plants engage all the senses. This is interactive, fun and fast-paced program that includes hands-on activities, crafts, and an exploratory tour of the palm house. Students will compare the effects that extreme climates have on plant growth, appearance and leaf form.

Nature Photography

Grades 3 to 6 | 120 minutes | Acorn Room at the Qualico Family Centre

Photography is a great way to connect with nature and to get close to the environment around you. Discover the Park through the eyes of a photographer and learn basic techniques that will help you take great outdoor photographs. Cameras provided.

North American Animal Stories

Grades 1 to 6 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

First Nations and Aboriginal people use storytelling not only as means of entertainment but also as a way of passing on information. Through storytelling, our educators will introduce our indigenous animals and their importance to Aboriginal beliefs, values and stories.This program was a 2009 recipient of a Spirit of the Earth Award.

Plant Life Cycles

Grade 3 | 90 minutes | Acorn Activity Room or Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Learn about the life cycles of plants, from flower to seed.. This program makes full use of our Palm House and indoor gardens.

Plantzilla

Grades 3 and 4 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Carnivorous plants are the vampires of the natural world, seducing and capturing unsuspecting insects for nutrients. Students will listen to the classic story 'Plantzilla' and explore the Conservatory’s carnivorous plant collection.

Poetry in the Park

Grades 5 and 6 | 90 minutes | Acorn Activity Room at the Qualico Family Centre

Tune into the inspiring gardens and forested areas of Assiniboine Park by going through creative processes that open up the senses and understanding of local places and language. Let the outdoors speak through you!.

Purrfect Predators - Big Cats

Grades 3 to 7 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Learn about the distinctive qualities of the world’s big cats like tigers, leopards and lions with a comparison to smaller cats like the lynx and bobcat. Find out why two-thirds of the world’s cats are endangered and visit the endangered species at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

Rain Forests

Grades 2 to 6 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Tropical rain forests are an important link to life on earth. Rain forests provide valuable resources such as medicine, habitat, and oxygen; their location, geography and climate provide an essential support system to an immense variety of animals, plants, and indigenous peoples.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to find out how.


Awesome Adaptations

Grades 1 to 8 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Learn about the amazing adaptations of animals at the Zoo that enable their wild counterparts to survive in their native habitats and the natural selection processes that encourage change. Choose from Basic Animal Adaptations (Grades 1 - 4) or Advanced Animal Adaptations (Grades 5 - 8).

Awesome Plant Adaptations

Grades 3 to 7 | 90 minutes | Assiniboine Park Conservatory

Plants express some amazing adaptations to allow them to survive in diverse habitats. Learn how plants cope with drought, freezing, fire, floods, animals, and more. Choose from Basic Plant Adaptations (Grades 3 & 4) or Advanced Plant Adaptations (Grades 5 - 7).

Biofuels: Critical Thinking in Environmental Issues

Grade 7 to Senior 4 | 120 minute | International Polar Bear Conservation Centre

With the global energy crisis mounting and crippling food shortages, alternative energy sources such as biofuels are big business. We will help students become informed citizens with the ability to critically examine this issue from multiple perspectives. Your class will explore, discuss, and develop a presentation on new fuel types.

Endangered Species

Grades 7 to Senior 4 | 90 minutes | International Polar Bear Conservation Centre

Explore how humans are impacting thousands of plants and animals in danger of extinction, through critical thinking and dramatic exercise. Learn easy ways you can help local conservation efforts to save these plants and animals globally.

I Spy a Butterfly

Grades 2 to 7 | 90 minutes | Shirley Richardson Butterfly Garden

In this seasonal program (June through mid-September) children will learn about the fascinating world of the butterfly. Younger groups will learn to identify butterflies, delve into their lifecycle and habitat and find out how to help conserve them in your own backyard. Older grades will learn about the multitude of local and tropical butterflies, will learn about international conservation efforts while being introduced to butterfly myths, folklore and culture.

Purrfect Predators - Big Cats

Grades 3 to 7 | 90 minutes | Zoo Classroom

Learn about the distinctive qualities of the world’s big cats like tigers, leopards and lions with a comparison to smaller cats like the lynx and bobcat. Find out why two-thirds of the world’s cats are endangered and visit the endangered species at the Assiniboine Park Zoo.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to find out how.


Adult and Senior's groups can also take part in our fun education programs.

Please visit our workshop and classes section: http://assiniboinepark.ca/programs/workshops-classes.php#Adult%20Workshops 

We have art workshops, food-based programs and fitness classes


Click here for registration information.

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